The W.I Wardrobe

November 5, 2012 · 2 comments

in Dalston Darlings

Saturday gone by was spent doing my very best East End market trader impersonation but instead of selling “a pounda carrotts for a pahhhhhnd darlin’, only a pahhhhhhnd” I was selling my wares at The W.I Wardrobe at Birthdays in Dalston, an event I’d help to organise as part of The Dalston Darlings Women’s Institute and all to raise money for our nominated charity, nia. With bunting and dresses hanging from every possible corner we turned Birthdays into one giant flea-market/Chinese laundry/dressing room for the day, to the puzzled bemusement of the bar staff.

Judging by the rails of my fellow W.I Wardrobe stallholders, including hanger after gorgeous delectable hanger of Helmut Lang, PPQ, Jaeger, COS, Hobbs and Matthew Williamson (to name but a few) I think it’s fair to say that I was in the company of some pretty damned stylish ladies. There were some extremely covetable bargains to be had, and enough vintage sequins and sparkly bits to fully kit out Shirley Bassey on her next world tour. I felt just like Mister Benn trying everything on and skipping around from stall to stall!

Much to Mister Ruffles delight I managed to (read = painfully struggled to) exercise some serious spending restraint filling the clothes-shaped hole I’d literally only just made in my own wardrobe. However it would’ve been foolish of me not to have succumbed to maybe just one, or perhaps two, teeny tiny little purchases wouldn’t it? I say yes, yes Plum, yes it would have been very foolish not to! And that is why when I spied an in-mint-condition leather bomber I was more than happy to part with fifteen of my hard-earned pounds, and after all it is getting chilly now and a girl ALWAYS needs just one more leather jacket. Always!

As all good shoppers know cocktails and clothes go hand in hand and so the lovely folk at Birthdays designed a bespoke cocktail just for us, a fruity yet heady concoction of watermelon, lychee and gin, eponymously named The Dalston Darling. I started and ended the day with one and I’m dying to get my hands on the recipe to recreate at home, it was divine.

Based on the feedback that we had, The W.I Wardrobe was a monumental success, everyone was asking when the next event will be and if we were back again the following weekend. Most important of all though, we raised a healthy sum of money for nia. And at long last I’m back in Mister Ruffles good books, through purging my clothes I’ve cleared some space. Just in time for Christmas I say!

Birthdays is on 33-35 Stoke Newington Road and is currently home to Rita’s Dining, read my review here.
The Dalston Darlings Women’s Institute meet on the first Wednesday of the month at Pub on the Park in London Fields. Visit for more info.

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